International Lecture Series
Art & Ideas
The Nichols Foundation - Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Coxhead
Patron Sponsors: Barbara S. Longfellow, Dr. and Mrs. David J. McKenna
Additional Support: Kenneth W. Cunningham, Jr. Endowment Fund; Virginia H. Van Wormer Lecture Fund
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Tod Williams & Billie Tsien
February 10, 2014
Gravity and Grace
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien design buildings that are rooted to the earth and connected to history. Their buildings, crafted from materials like concrete, stone and brick, are a meditation on gravity, and built to last many lifetimes. As architects they aspire to serve people. And if they serve well then the result can transcend and bring a sense of grace to life. Williams and Tsien will explore the thinking behind several of their projects including the new location of the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA.
Williams and Tsien began working together in New York in 1977 and nine years later established Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in the same Central Park South studio where they work today. The twenty-seven person firm works primarily for institutions that value issues of aspiration and meaning, timelessness and beauty, designing buildings that are exquisitely made and useful in ways that speak to both efficiency and the spirit. Parallel to their practice, they maintain active teaching careers and lecture worldwide.
February 17, 2014
Mozart: A Life in Letters
Through more than 600 correspondences expressing emotions, hopes, plans and frustrations, the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is revealed in his intimate conversations with his family. In these fascinating and personal letters, the character of the young genius is found describing music with his sister, complaining about his father’s snoring at night, and concealing his mother’s death. In his own words we discover the intrigue of Italian composers trying to undermine his accomplishments, the comical descriptions of contemporary singers, as well as romantic and graphic love letters to his wife, Constanze. This program’s lecture and reading with live cello accompaniment provides a rare and moving insight into the life of one of the world’s greatest artists.
Sometimes called an “accidental historian,” Rex Ziak was named a Distinguished Historian on three occasions by the Oregon Historical Society. A self-educated scholar whose research redefined Lewis and Clark’s arrival at the Pacific Ocean, Ziak is also a photographer, Emmy Award-winning cinematographer, and a conservationist who single-handedly saved the last parcel of ancient rainforest in southwest Washington. He has researched the lives of captivating historical figures including Thomas Jefferson, John Jacob Astor, Captain Cook, and W.A. Mozart.
President, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
March 3, 2014
From Vision to Reality: Building the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
If you build it will they come? Take a look behind the scenes with Don Bacigalupi of this major new museum opened in Bentonville, Arkansas in November 2011. Learn how philanthropist Alice Walton’s vision for providing access, art, and education to the people of her home community became a reality – and a national phenomenon. Gain unique insight into the museum collection’s development and organization, and how it informs ongoing and future programs.
Don Bacigalupi, Ph.D. was responsible for the planning, organization, construction and inauguration of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Since the Museum’s opening, he has overseen the key areas of strategic planning and implementation, collections, exhibitions, education programs, and professional staffing. Prior to joining Crystal Bridges, Dr. Bacigalupi served as president, director and CEO of the Toledo Museum of Art; executive director of the San Diego Museum of Art; director and chief curator of the Blaffer Art Museum; and the Brown Curator of Contemporary Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art.
Director of the John Singer Sargent Catalogue Raisonné Project
March 24, 2014
John Singer Sargent: A Personal View
Drawing on family documents and reminiscences, Richard Ormond traces the remarkable story of the American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). From his upbringing as an expatriate in Europe, to his early career in Paris that culminated in the scandal surrounding his famous Madame Gautreau (1884), Ormond describes the artist’s subsequent struggles, his resulting breakthrough and his rise to fame. He will also chart the family relationships and friendships that mattered most to Sargent in this well-rounded picture of the personality, career and art of the greatest Anglo-American portraitist of his generation.
Richard Louis Ormond is an independent art historian and director of the John S. Sargent Catalogue Raisonné Project. Honored as a Commander of the British Empire, he is the former Director of the National Maritime Museum, and the former Deputy Director of the National Portrait Gallery in London. He has published extensively over more than forty years, including many works on Sargent. Ormond curated his first Sargent exhibition in 1964. He is the artist’s great-nephew.
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